The Novel Coronavirus Originating in Wuhan, China: Challenges for Global Health Governance

The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online January 30, 2020

Posted: 20 Feb 2020

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Alexandra Phelan

Center for Global Health Science & Security; Georgetown University, Law Center

Rebecca Katz

Georgetown University

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: January 30, 2020

Abstract

On December 31, 2019, China reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, now designated 2019-nCoV. Mounting cases and deaths pose major public health and governance challenges. China’s imposition of an unprecedented cordon sanitaire (a guarded area preventing anyone from leaving) in Hubei Province has also sparked controversy concerning its implementation and effectiveness. Cases have now spread to 4 continents. We describe the current status of 2019-nCoV, assess the response, and offer proposals for bringing the outbreak under control.

Keywords: health law, coronavirus, global health

Suggested Citation

Phelan, Alexandra and Katz, Rebecca and Gostin, Lawrence O., The Novel Coronavirus Originating in Wuhan, China: Challenges for Global Health Governance (January 30, 2020). The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online January 30, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3540522

Alexandra Phelan

Center for Global Health Science & Security

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